The Blue Meanie turns 500,,,,, K !! - Alfa Romeo Bulletin Board & Forums
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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-26-2011, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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The Blue Meanie turns 500,,,,, K !!

My personal GTV6, the 'Blue Meanie', aka the 'ex Greg Gordon' car, has just reached the milestone of 500,000 miles. I love this car and will never sell it, it has shared some amazing roads with me, been raced by me and has a great history. I hope Greg will chime in with a story or two here.
Its original 2.5 lasted till 400 K, when an oil pressure loss caused its demise. I have, since then, had 3 different 3.0s in it, one untested one turned out to smoke too much, the next one lunched when the belt tensioner failed while racing, and the current one which has over 200 K is going strong, albeit a bit noisy !
I drive it 10 months a year, except for the couple months in the winter where the roads are too rough for a lowered car here in Maine.
I have only heard of one other GTV6 to hit 500K, in Texas I believe?
This is the most ferocious GTV6 I have owned, very fast and handles extremely well.
A big cheer for Alfa GTV6's in general, and the Blue Meanie in particular!
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A few more of the many photos I've taken,,
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Congrats to you and the 'Blue Meanie'!

I'm amazed that it's hit 500K already. I gave some thought to buying it when Greg was selling. Doesn't seem like all that long ago, maybe '07?
You must really be enjoying it (and racking up the miles ).

Here's to 500K more!

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Thanks Dragline.
I Do rack up the miles, as I go 'sport driving' 4-5 days a week after work, usually doing between 100 and 200 miles each trip. I drove it home from the west coast after racing it at Portland, drove it to the 2010 convention, and have driven it all over New England going to look at cars.
The shift fork bent on the first trip, I ended up putting a Verde transaxle in it, which I love. It has Gregs prototype intake hoses on it still as well ! He did many improvements on it as did his Dad.
God I love this car !!

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I Do rack up the miles, as I go 'sport driving' 4-5 days a week after work, usually doing between 100 and 200 miles each trip.
How do you keep your license?!!

Good looking car. Doubt mine will ever get to 500k.

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Congratulations! That's some serious driving.

We used that car to develop a lot of products. Our headlight kit, weather-stripping kit (NLA), hose kits, side exiting exhaust, and of course our supercharger kit.

The car ran a non intercooled supercharger with L-Jet, not advanced by any means, but still effective.

I always liked the suspension set-up. It's not at all radical, but it's what I call a full Stage 1 suspension. It has stock torsion bars and springs, but with a Verde front anti-sway bar, an SZ bearing on the DeDion triangle and poly about everywhere else. I think it's a great setup for real roads, and it's decent on the track.

My wife learned to drive at the track in that car. Her first outing was at the National convention in Tulsa. She was very timid and just sort of putted around the track. However Russ Neeley took it out (with my wife riding shotgun) and blasted around Hallett at an incredible rate. Within a couple laps he had passed about everyone. Russ (RIP) was a very aggressive driver and he knew how to use the supercharged power. After he came into the pits he told me I needed to buy some real tires and add some brake upgrades.

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This deserves some kind of medal. Especially in Maine!
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Love the picture with the 8C, great for size comparison. But could ya have at least taken the cup off the roof of the Blue Meanie?!
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Congrats, Glenn! Good to see a great car get a lot of love and attention.
I'm hoping to get a GTV6 at some point. They seem like a lot of fun.
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That is pretty cool with all the history behind it.

Most stunning photo was the with the Competzione 8C. Not the best GTV6 photo but the super Alfa looks ungainly and bloated in comparison and I love the Competzione!

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Glenn,

You will have to get Bernie to tell you how many miles are on his car in Texas. The last I checked (last fall) that car still had the original engine that had never been opened up and it does not get babied either.
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Looking at the picture of the GTV6 next to the 8C, I also think the 8C looks a little chubby, and less hard core than the GTV6. Of course it's all subjective, but that's how I see them.

Of course the side exits help

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Incredible. I love the color, is it an Alfa color?

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Thanks for keeping the faith! Very nice specimen!
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